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Swedish contingency plan leads to a whole country 3D scan



  

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Saturday, 02 July 2011
The whole of Sweden is being scanned in a 3D process that is aimed at giving better dimension and details of the country’s landscape and areas.

In this regard, all trees, houses and elevation are being mapped to get a better control in particular to flood risks and the likes. The result can lead to expensive insurance premiums for some houses and residential areas where vulnerability is identified.

Sweden has not yet had sufficient knowledge of how it looks in different places of the vast country. Highlights availability on the maps have been relatively weak in providing the required details.  Being a country where electronic and digital technology has entered the DNA of the operating system, it makes sense for them to get the best detail out of the maps that show the structure of the country.

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Therefore, at the moment, there are ongoing intensive efforts to map out every square metre of the country from north to south, east to west in 3D from the air. The project is run by the Swedish Land Survey, commissioned by the government and will primarily aimed at obtaining better control over areas that are flood prone so as to guard against future surprises.

As good as that sounds to the authorities and the common man, companies will exploit the results to set up insurance premiums. For sure, this could also lead to higher premiums fees for homes in areas that are at risk of flooding. Sweden experienced intense flooding last year and insurance compensations paid out were huge because insurance companies had no idea about the nature of the riskiness in the areas that ended being very vulnerable.

“It's the same way as the way premiums vary on automobile and accident insurance. The model will also put pressure on local governments. If a municipality is to grant planning permission in areas that are unsuitable and prone to flood and such damage occurs, the insurance companies would be able to ask for compensation money,” says Staffan Moberg, of the trade organization of Swedish Insurance.

More than 300,000 buildings are located in areas with high risk of landslides and erosion due to climate change, according to the state’s climate and vulnerability studies since 2007.

The measurements can also be used in many other ways. Archaeologists can via their computer locate ancient monuments at various points and things like coal pits and mines can be registered.
By Scancomark.se Team


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